Read and Davis, both have made it their works to keep the area clean. Read has been a integral force in forming the annual Pickup Boonville event. This event garners teams of supporters who spend a single morning picking up garbage around town. While Read feels passionate about cleaning Boonville, her passion also extends to keeping the river clean. To accomplish this, she, along with the river relief team, organized a cleanup effort last year. In fact, this effort became one of the largest last year along the river. For this, Read was honored with the Troy Gordon Memorial Partner of the Year Award.

Two Boonville citizens were recently honored for their dedication and drive to keep the Missouri River clean. Joan Read and Jen Davis both received distinctive awards from the Missouri River Relief Team.
Read and Davis, both have made it their works to keep the area clean. Read has been a integral force in forming the annual Pickup Boonville event. This event garners teams of supporters who spend a single morning picking up garbage around town. While Read feels passionate about cleaning Boonville, her passion also extends to keeping the river clean. To accomplish this, she, along with the river relief team, organized a cleanup effort last year. In fact, this effort became one of the largest last year along the river. For this, Read was honored with the Troy Gordon Memorial Partner of the Year Award.
"Partnerships are key to building an organization that reaches and includes a wide variety of individuals, agencies and organizations.  In 2008, we tragically lost a good friend and inspirational partner, Troy Gordon.  Troy epitomized the nature and essence of what it means to give of ones self, include others and inspire action toward the mission and goals of Missouri River Relief; Troy was the ultimate partner.  The annual Troy Gordon Memorial Partner of the Year Award is given to that individual, agency or organization that best represents the spirit of Troy," a release form Missouri River Relief stated. "In 2014, we saw an amazing bounce back to Boonville after many years away, with a wildly successful clean-up that squeezed us to capacity, alongside a massive river festival with all of the educational bells & whistles. One outstanding and energetic Boonvillian, stepped up to the plate to make it all happen. A seasoned clean-up volunteer, she began organizing her own annual event for the last four years called Pick Up Boonville. Early on, she invited us to participate with a team, set-up booths, meet other key partners and became our go-to gal with gusto. Soon there was a committee, artwork being arranged, numerous media opportunities to include a 4-part series about Missouri River Relief and how trash ends up in our water, ads were donated, presentations made to civic groups, classroom visits, and then a VIP boat ride was organized. There was even a parade. With enthusiasm, this person donated both huge amounts of time and resources to help us make our Boonville comeback a huge success.  When it became “go-time”, she attended late night planning discussions around the campfire and helped us problem solve along the way as rain, heat, floods and mud tested our skills. Most of all, this lady’s simple dedication and passion for cleaning up the river and getting people on it, truly stood out." 
Davis received the Metamorphosis Award for her continued support throughout the year and becoming one of the regular faces of the relief team.
"Equally important to new blood, the growth and evolution of crew members into positions of responsibility is essential to our continued success.  The annual Metamorphosis Award recognizes a seasoned crew member who truly grew in their contributions to the organization this year; transforming themselves into positions of more responsibility as a leader, boat driver, staff member, board member or other positions," a release stated. "This October marked the one year anniversary of a fresh and sprightly new crew member that really demonstrated her determination and grit.  After getting a few clean-ups under her belt, this dynamic doppleganger scheduled a lunch meeting with us to offer up her services as a part-time intern in exchange for learning the basics of how a non-profit works. She wanted to do it all, learn the computer programs, write grants and coordinate event outreach.  Starting out just one day a week, we soon convinced her to help us take on organizing the Boonville River Festival, which pretty much turned into a full time job, and then some. For someone who had never been on the Big Muddy until recently, she overcame any fears of driving a big boat on its murky and swift waters, to learning how to gracefully dodge flying carp.  She even received her first river baptism during the week long 340 race.  She helped with classroom presentations, and drove our boats and trucks to and from events.  With an amazing attitude and the ability to do whatever needed to be done, this little lady grew from just a sprout into a flower."
After this past Pickup Boonville, both Read and Davis were busy making sure nothing from area streams would get to the river and contaminate it. This was accomplished by finding dump sites and cleaning up creek beds.